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Minor in Native American Studies

Study and research the historical experience, cultural traditions and innovations of American Indians.

Program Overview

The Minor in Native American studies allows students study, research and better understand the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of American Indian peoples in the United States.

Our program is interdisciplinary with courses that explore Native American ways of living, understanding the world, and organizing their societies. You’ll also examine the impact of invasion and colonization on Indian America, and the intersection of Indian, African and European histories and systems of knowledge.

Minor Requirements

Students must complete 15 credit hours from courses listed below, achieving a grade of C- or better. No course in the minor can be taken for pass-fail credit. Students can count a total of one course toward both this minor and their departmental major requirements.


  • ANT 310: Native Peoples and Cultures of North America
  • ANT 325: Andean South America
  • ENG 249: Native American Literature
  • HI 365: The American West
  • HI 366: Native American History
  • HI 445: Early American Frontier
Welcome sign at the Cherokee Indian Reservation


Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.


The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. 

Please note that the minor degree audit does not track whether students are in compliance with double-counting limitations between major requirements and minor requirements. Therefore, students should not rely solely on the minor degree audit. They should refer to the detailed requirements outlined on the official university minors website for guidance and reach out to the minor advisor listed there to discuss course plans and ensure they’re on track.